Highland Park Celebrates LA’s First Bike Corral

February 18, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Posted in Bike News, Get Involved, LACBC Events | 7 Comments
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Café de Leche and the Bike Corral

Today, in front of the popular Café de Leche, the community of Highland Park, the city of Los Angeles, Councilmember José Huizar and the bicycling community celebrated the cutting of the red ribbon on Los Angeles’s first bike corral.

There was a great crowd that came to Café de Leche to show their support for this momentous and exciting occasion. The bike corral has taken the place of a parking space, but instead of just one car, the space can now accommodate ten to twelve bikes, which ultimately helps local businesses and promotes walking and bike riding. Also, the bike corral offers riders a clearly visible place for them to park their bikes.

Councilmember Huizar hopes to turn Los Angeles into the “largest bike-friendly city in America.” Following, other groups and supporters, C.I.C.L.E., Joe Linton, and the Highland Park Chamber of Commerce, including our very own Alexis Lantz, spoke as well and expressed our aspirations for more bike corrals and bicycle and pedestrian-friendly progress in the future. It’s something we will definitely be holding the city to.

In addition to the groups and people previously mentioned, this bike corral could not have  been installed without the support and hard work of Flying Pigeon, the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council, Ramon Martinez, and LADOT Bikeways staff.

It’s almost been a year since the Los Angeles Street Summit and it’s incredible to see that the future we envisioned last year is coming into fruition. Later this year, we are looking forward to the 4th Street bike boulevard being implemented.

Right after the Councilmember Huizar cut the red ribbon, the crowd roared with excitement, as eager bike riders jumped on the opportunity to be one of the first to chain their bicycles to the corral.

This would not have been able to be achieved without the support of the bicycling community. More positive change will happen in the future, especially with the upcoming passing of our Bike Plan.

LA’s 1st Bike Corral Finally Set to Open in Highland Park!

February 11, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Posted in Bike News, LACBC Events | 5 Comments
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Perhaps you’ve heard that LA’s first-ever bike corral is set to debut in Highland Park next week! Well we want to celebrate! There will be an official ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 AM on Friday, February 18, at the new bike corral, located in front of Cafe de Leche on the corner of York Blvd and Avenue 50.

A rendering of the future bike corral by Matt Schodorf

This historic event has been two years in the making, and at certain points, it seemed like the project might never move forward. Last April, we reported the unanimous decision by the LA City Council to install this bike corral but were cautious about celebrating too early. There were still plenty of obstacles to overcome, including LADOT’s own concerns about the project. But thanks to the efforts of the corral’s advocates—including Matt Schodorf and Cafe de Leche, City Councilmember Jose Huizar and his staff, C.I.C.L.E., Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council, Flying Pigeon, LACBC, Ramon Martinez, and Joe Linton—the first ever bike corral in Los Angeles will finally be open for public use!

To celebrate, a few rides are being organized around the area, starting around 8 AM and ending at the new corral in time for the ribbon cutting ceremony at Cafe de Leche with Councilmember Huizar.

The Event:

LA’s 1st Bike Corral Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

When: Friday, February 18, 9:00 AM

Where: Cafe de Leche – 5000 York Blvd., Los Angeles

The Rides (see map of meeting points):

LACBC will lead a ride starting from the Bicycle Kitchen at 706 N. Heliotrope Drive (cross street is Melrose). Meet up with us at 7:30 AM, and we’ll be departing at 7:45 AM. (Facebook Event)

The Flying Pigeon will host a ride starting at their shop at 3714 North Figueroa St. Meet up with them at 8:00 AM, and they’ll depart at around 8:30 AM. (Blog)

C.I.C.L.E. will host a ride that will pick up riders at 3 points: 1) Memorial Park in Pasadena (Gold Line stop) at 7:15 AM, 2) the Pasadena Mission Station (Gold Line stop) at 7:30 AM, and 3) the flag pole at Figueroa and York Blvd at 8:00 AM. (Facebook Event)

Come join any of these rides, or lasso your friends together and create your own ride to celebrate LA’s first bike corral at the dedication ceremony!

Bike Corral Motion Passes Unanimously, Several Councilmembers Voice Support, LADOT Casts Doubt

April 27, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Posted in Bike News, Get Involved | 5 Comments
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Matt Schodorf of Cafe De Leche holds up a rendering of the Bike Corral--during last month's StreetSummit ride with Janette Sadik-Khan--that he's been fighting to see implemented in front of his business, Cafe de Leche in Highland Park. Photo: Ramon Martinez

This morning, the LA City Council voted unanimously to approve a motion to implement a bike corral pilot project on York Blvd in Highland Park.  Read about the journey that this motion has taken thus far.

After waiting through 20 items worth of public comment at this morning’s Council meeting, the Bike Corral motion finally came up. Joe Linton and Matt Schodorf gave powerful public comment on the simplicity of such a project and the large amount of community support behind it. It was then the council members’ turn. A round-table of support commenced with Councilmember Huizar, who spoke on the benefits of this cutting edge—at least for Los Angeles—project. Councilmember Rosendahl, Reyes, Alarcon, and Labonge all then came forward to voice support for this motion. The rolls were opened, all YESes flashed on the screen, and the motion was passed unanimously.

We would like to thank Councilmember Huizar for the tremendous leadership in getting this motion made and now passed, and his Transportation Deputy Edel Vizcarra has been a huge ally all along the way. Councilmember Rosendahl and his Transportation Deputy Paul Backstrom, both deserve a thanks, as do Councilmember La Bonge and Koretz, for getting this motion out of the Transportation Committee and in front of the full Council. Finally, to all the community members, from NELA and beyond, who came out to push this thing all along the way; none of this could have happened without you.

While today is most definitely a day of celebration–and tuned for both pictures from this morning and an announcement of something special this weekend–the hard work is yet to come. The DOT has repeatedly expressed doubt and disinterest in this project and it’s going to be an uphill battle getting them to implement even something so simple yet so fundamental as adequate bike parking in the form of a bike corral. But having this Council motion approved is a huge step forward and gives us positive momentum in the journey to see this vision realized.

Bike Corral Motion Clears T-Committee, to Get Its Day in Full Council

April 15, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Posted in Bike News, Get Involved | 3 Comments
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Matt Schodorf (third from left) of Cafe de Leche comments on the bike corral motion he worked to make happen.

With nearly a dozen supporters in tow, community members like Matt Schodorf, the owner of Cafe de Leche and initiator of the campaign to bring Bike Corrals to LA ; Yolanda Nogueira, whose family has owned the building for years, Mary Tokita, mother and member of The Eagle Rock Association, and even Edel Vizcarra, Transportation Deputy for Councilmember Jose Huizar, all gave public comment in support of the Bike Corral motion at yesterday’s Transportation Committee.

The Department of Transportation and City Attorney followed the wave of community support with complaints about the location of the corral, and for a second it seemed as if they were going to get the customary 30 days to report back to council on the issue. But the support behind the motion was too much to quicksand the issue, and Councilmember La Bonge, acting as sole voting member of T-Committee, sent the motion forward to full Council.

From the Council File update sent to us via Joe Linton we will be seeing the motion in front of full Council next Friday, April 23. By next week we can have full Council approval on a motion ordering DOT to install LA’s first bike corral! LA could soon follow in the footsteps of the growing number of cities installing bike corrals on main streets to make neighborhoods safer by calming traffic, giving communities alternatives to automobiles, deterring theft and crime by putting more eyes on the street, and yes, even integrating bike lanes right next to their bike corrals.

Big thanks to all the community support that came out yesterday and to CD 14 Councilmember Jose Huizar for getting the motion this far. If you’re supportive of this motion, please email your City Councilmember to tell them to vote in favor of bike corral next Friday

T-Committee to Weigh In on Bike Corral Motion Tomorrow

April 13, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Posted in Bike News | 1 Comment
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Tomorrow, Wednesday April 14th, at 2pm in City Hall, the City Council Transportation Committee will look at a motion to begin a bike corral pilot project in Highland Park, a neighborhood of Northeast LA.  For a little more background check out Joe Linton and Ramon Martinez’s Streetsblog article from earlier this month.

In anticipating what we think the DOT will claim they need 60-90 days to go and find, we’ve been in touch with the Portland Bureau of Transportation who have provided us with both specific design specs for bike corrals as well as the maintenance agreement used between the property owner requesting the corral and the City of Portland. Finally, we’ve consulted multiple sources to come up with accurate figures for the costs of a bike corral. We’ll be presenting these documents to the DOT tomorrow to show that this Bike Corral project is quick, easy, and ready to go.

-ramon@la-bike.org

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